Role of the Neighborhood Ambassador
Neighborhood Ambassadors (NA) serve as student leaders, assisting offcampus student tenants with their transition to their off-campus housing, especially in the University Hill area. NAs provide a network of support for CU students and members of the neighborhood at large by serving as a mentor, connecting students to campus resources, planning programs that will aid in community building efforts, and working with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations and other campus offices to plan, promote, and implement initiatives specifically focused on off-campus student tenants.
Responsibilities of the Neighborhood Ambassador
Be available to attend monthly staff meetings, coordinate programming, and devote approximately 5-10 hours (10 hours maximum) per week to the position.
Serve as a role model, advocate, and mentor for off-campus student interests, needs, and rights.
Help off-campus students make connections to campus resources, academic resources, and student organizations on campus.
Maintain contact with your assigned neighborhood area, which may include both students, community members, and community police officers (via face‐to‐face, email, phone, etc.).
Maintain good academic standing with your College and be a full‐time registered sophomore, junior, senior at the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
Student must be residing in off-campus housing for the 2021-2022 academic year, preferred within the University Hill neighborhood area (East Aurora, Goss Grove, or Martin Acres student residents may still apply.)
Willingness and ability to model personal behavior consistent with the CU Colorado Creed, goal‐setting and mentoring for off-campus students.
Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
Neighborhood Ambassador positions are for one academic year beginning in August 2021 through May 2021. Possible extension for the 2021-2022 academic year will be based on position performance and needs of the office.
Approximately 5-10 hours per week (10 hours maximum); additional hours may be needed for special events.
$12.32/hr for up to 10 hours a week
$15/hr for up to 10 hours a week beginning July 1, 2021
Types of outreach
(For the 2021-2022 academic year, all outreach must follow local health codes and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
Door to door: Neighborhood Ambassadors will have regular topics that they take to their residents in their community to educate them on things on-campus and in their community. They distribute marketing literature while engaging with residents to build awareness and enhance community engagement.
Ambassadors will also engage in “Knock and Talks” with student residents that may have caused a disturbance to their community through noise, large gatherings, trash, etc. to help student residents avoid future complaints and work through any neighbor conflict (trainings will be provided to assist with this task).”Knock & Talks” will be done in pairs or groups of other Neighborhood Ambassadors.
Examples: Marketing upcoming University events and/or resources, recycling information, city ordinance information, visiting a home received a noise complaint, etc.
Neighborhood Feedback: Through regularly assigned shifts, Neighborhood Ambassadors will walk their zones to provide consistent feedback in a tracking system on issues present such as trash or noise issues. These issues will then be addressed in person through “knock and talks.”
Community Events: Each month the Neighborhood Ambassadors hold at least one tabling event on their street or in the Hill Commercial district for off-campus students to walk by and learn more about City and University resources, while meeting and engaging with their neighbors.
Examples: University resource trivia, party smart education, recycling education game, etc.
Multiple times a semester, Neighborhood Ambassadors will also hold community building events for their student and nonstudent neighbors.
Examples: Neighborhood dog get together, online game night, craft and cooking grab bags, etc.
Community Projects: Each semester Neighborhood Ambassadors identify and critically work through an issue that they have noticed in their zones and come up with a way to target that issue.
Examples: Recycled pallet window gardens for a beautification project, working with the City of Boulder for neighborhood projects, helping the University Hill Neighborhood Association with projects, going with neighbors to help distribute welcome bags.
Signature Events: each semester the Neighborhood Ambassadors hold at least one signature event to tackle a community issue or bring neighbors together.
Examples: Non-perishable food donation, Welcome to the Neighborhood program, etc.